[Linux-aus] MemberDB is a great short term solution, but we need a broader rethink

Stewart Smith stewart at flamingspork.com
Wed Jan 28 13:52:03 AEDT 2015

Michael Cordover <la at mjec.net> writes:
> On 16 January 2015 at 14:39, Kathy Reid <kathy at kathyreid.id.au> wrote:
>> While this is a great short term solution, I think we should (in parallel)
>> discuss and debate a MemberDB replacement, likely something like CiviCRM.
>> This is a bit more work and effort, but I think would have good long term
>> returns, and address the pressing need for targeted member communications.
> On this, I think it would be useful to do some project scoping - not
> just around membership, but around all of the web-based systems we are
> thining of upgrading. I know there's also been talk of a zookeepr
> upgrade/rewrite. There are also probably other needs we should be
> considering: other LA events, potential lobbying/other LA activities,
> grants, Mailman 3 integration, Hurd compatibility etc etc etc.
> The first step here would be wishlisting *everything*, and then
> scoping it down into actual projects, then commencing work. Strategic
> planning, yo.

The important thing to keep in mind is that this is all volunteer
work. Zookeepr has been by volunteers from 2007 to get to where it is

It would be a big judgement call to do a rewrite rather than incremental
change - a lot of effort goes into getting all the basics again,
something that occured about 3 times before we used Zookeepr for the
second time.

Stewart Smith
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